By JONATHAN SOBLE for NY Times: Rice fields, golf courses and even a disused airport runway. All over the southern Japanese region of Kyushu, unexpected places gleam with electricity-producing solar panels. Solar use in Japan has exploded over the last two years as part of an ambitious national effort to promote renewable energy. But the technology’s future role is now in doubt. Utilities say their infrastructure cannot handle the swelling army of solar entrepreneurs intent on selling their power. And their willingness to invest more money depends heavily on whether the government remains committed to clean energy. “It’s upsetting,” said Junji Akagi, a real estate developer on Ukushima, a tiny island near Nagasaki. Mr. Akagi said he hoped to turn a quarter of the island’s 10-square-mile area into a “mega-solar” generating station, and has already lined up investors and secured the necessary land. Then last September, Kyushu Electric Power Company, the region’s dominant utility, abruptly announced that it would stop contracting to buy electricity from new solar installations. Other power companies elsewhere in Japan soon followed suit.
Cook Medical partnered with Positronic Solar and WINAICO to build one of the largest PERC solar installations in Asia Pacific
Module price slightly drops this week while global demand remains diminishing. The 1st tier module players in China seem to achieve their quarterly sales targets through some markets, such as the UK, Japan, and India, so as to have less pressure recently.
On behalf of MIRDC (Metal Industries Research & Development Center), TÜV SÜD is carrying out an extensive training program regarding offshore wind energy for representatives of authorities and market participants.
WWTP sludge treatment is often an energy-consuming waste management headache. A Dutch WWTP has installed a new type of sewage sludge treatment system that has the potential to turn the plant into a net energy provider.
HoSt has started the construction of a Thermal Pressure Hydrolysis (TPH) plant for sewage sludge at the wastewater treatment plant in Echten. With this technology, sewage sludge is pre-treated at high pressure and temperature with the aim of improving the biogas production and the dewaterability.
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Scandlines vessels will be the first ferries specifically designed with battery hybrid propulsion to operate on the Rostock-Gedser commercial route.
Innovative Solar Power Plant to Boost National Grid Launched at the Height of South African Energy Challenges
-- KaXu Solar One is the first Solar Thermal Electric power plant in commercial operation in South Africa. -- This public-private partnership helps meet the energy needs of South Africa in a reliable and sustainable manner using innovative technology.
Researchers from institutions including Lund University have taken a step closer to producing solar fuel using artificial photosynthesis. In a new study, they have successfully tracked the electrons' rapid transit through a light-converting molecule.
From GovTech.com: Sonoma County, Calif.'s new public electricity supplier is turning to the sun and water — the airspace over treated sewage ponds, specifically — to generate power for local homes and businesses. Under a deal signed Thursday with a San Francisco-based renewable energy developer, officials with Sonoma Clean Power, now the default electricity provider in Sonoma County, unveiled a plan to install a 12.5-megawatt solar farm on floating docks atop holding ponds operated by the county Water Agency. When completed in 2016, the project, which will provide enough electricity to power 3,000 homes, will be the largest solar installation in the county. It also will help fulfill one of Sonoma Clean Power’s central goals — to develop local sources of renewable energy for its expanding customer base, now taking in more than 160,000 residential and commercial accounts across five cities in the county.
Spray-on solar cells use nanotechnology. These cells are made using quantum dots, which is a nanocrystal composed of a semiconductor material that is small enough to take advantage of the laws of quantum mechanics.
The US and China will be in the 12-15 GW range in 2015 but the incremental growth will come from some of these emerging markets. We expect Mexico to be a 2 GW market by 2017, with South Africa also above the 1 GW mark by 2017. These two markets were stagnant in 2013-14, so the growth will be quite significant in the coming years.
A sea change is gathering as the country contemplates embracing the promise of solar-powered electricity.
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